To reduce Indiana’s growing jail population, the state must enact reform to our cash bail system. Currently, the overreliance on cash bail by judges often leaves people languishing behind bars awaiting trial simply because they cannot afford their bail, not because they pose a risk to public safety. SB 303 would entitle those charged with a misdemeanor a release without money bail under certain conditions. In 2018, more than half (nearly 56 percent) of people in Indiana’s jails were awaiting trial and had not been convicted of a crime. This bill would reduce Indiana’s pretrial detention population.